FBI helps Tiger save faceDid the Federal Bureau of Investigation divert the Tiger-taunting plane flying over Pebble Beach on Sunday? Alas it seems the rumors are true, according to some crack reporting by the Monterey Herald. When a pilot took to the skies during the fourth round of the U.S. Open toting a sign that read "TIGER: ARE YOU MY DADDY?", our nation's leading law enforcement agency wasn't amused.
Monterey County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said the request was made by an FBI representative to the FAA out of concern for public safety.
"It was a request, not an order," he said.
Such requests made to pilots through the FAA is "standard operating procedure" for large events, said FBI spokesman Special Agent Joseph Schadler.
But FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said, "The FBI doesn't typically get involved in stuff like that unless there is some type of criminal activity."
The FAA has at times received requests from golf tournament promoters for temporary flight restrictions, Lunsford said, which would prohibit planes or other aircraft from flying right overhead at their events. But those requests have been denied. "We have not to date put anything like that in over any of these golf tournaments," he said.
"I know everybody is worried about this banner, but we don't care about the banner. Our concern is a small plane flying over 40,000 spectators," the FBI's Schadler said. "It's irrelevant what was on the banner. It's irrelevant that there even was a banner.
The Golf Channel has done the Walk-and-Talk interview in the past during the Champions Tour, but the expanded up-close access is new this year to the LPGA Tour.
"This sport needs to catch up, in all honesty," said Jack Graham, executive producer for The Golf Channel. "This tour is very open to doing new things. We're miking players, we're doing the walk-and-talks. We're trying to make the experience on TV the only place you can get it."
"We have an innate sense about when the timing's right," said Kay Cockerill, an on-course reporter for the Golf Channel. "They trust we're not going to say, 'You've had three 3-putts in a row, why is your putting so bad.' Instead, we might ask, 'When things aren't going well, what do you do to change it."
"Hi, Kay, great to see you, and can I say, I just love those capris. Adorable. Let me guess, J.Crew? Yeah, the triple was unfortunate. Can you believe I tried that left-handed chip? Nutty, huh? [Chuckles.] I'm just going to keep plugging away. I can't get down on myself this early in the round."
U.S. Open trophy to locksmith: "Get me of here!" Belfast Telegraph:
U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell has revealed how he was hit by panic after the combination for his trophy case lock was lost. The Northern Ireland golfer's helpers tried six times to open the carrier after the combination — 9315 — went missing as he arrived back in the UK. Bolt cutters were eventually used to cut the lock in London ...
Quote of the day From John Daly, before shooting a 71 in the first round of the Travelers Championship yesterday: "I think [the fans] notice me by the pants now, not the four chins and the big ol' gut."